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    Piercings...anybody?

    Well....I guess a 'Hi All!' is in place given that this is my first post in this place. I ended up on these forums seeking some advice on cycling in the US as I recently migrated here from the Netherlands.

    Anyway, on with the post.

    For a long time now I have been playing with the notion of having my Helix pierced (in my case, somewhere in the 'folded back' rim along the edge of your ear). For me, the main reasons are
    1) a style experiment, I like the notion, I like the looks and if I don't like it, the scar is hardly visible (the insurance policy)
    2) I just came out of a nasty phase of my life, luckily very much on top (more luck than wisdom), and want a reminder of that.
    3) Most of the people I talked with think it would look good on me.. (that was the final push...other people agree with my opinion)

    However, for me the delay was in the fact that I was unsure of what other people would think. Of course, you can say 'screw them!' but we all need other people, and that first impression does matter. Also, I work as a scientist at the US dept. of agriculture, so this is not the place where everybody has piercings and tattoos.

    Recently I decided to just go for it, consequences be damned, and get it done. Furthermore, I decided that, in keeping with my image, I'd go for something simple, not flashy at all so hopefully 80% of the people won't even notice when talking to me. If you want to form your own opinion on this, I added a picture of me....I needed a shave, wasn't having too much fun (clubbing in the US sucks...we're sorry ) and I lean to the right becaue I was standing next to a very small girl..

    What I'd like to know i whether anybody else has some experiences with this? Bad reactions? Employers going nuts?

    Also, any advice on the aftercare from people who had it done before?


    Cheers,

    Jewan

    PS. Yes, I do ride a fixed gear bike, but no, that has nothing to do with it
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    Hi! I guess the first question I'd ask is why did you leave cycling heaven for the US? Why?!?!?!?

    I think piercings are hot...on other people. I freak out at the notion of getting them myself, as I don't like sharp, pointy objects stuck in my body. I don't think employers will freak out much unless you have an uber-uptight boss.
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    I've had numerous facial piercings. I currently have an 8 gauge loop in my right ear and a 0 gauge tunnel in my left. I was teaching with tunnels in both ears. I got weird looks, but I would usually just engage the people I was talking to, show them that I'm not just some punk kid, and things would be fine. If you look different, it takes a little more effort to win people over, but most people can see past the bs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nekohime View Post
    Hi! I guess the first question I'd ask is why did you leave cycling heaven for the US? Why?!?!?!?

    I think piercings are hot...on other people. I freak out at the notion of getting them myself, as I don't like sharp, pointy objects stuck in my body. I don't think employers will freak out much unless you have an uber-uptight boss.
    getting pierced is one of the best sensations....

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    It's better to be you. Just plain ol' you. You are too handsome to be screwing your body up like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    It's better to be you. Just plain ol' you.
    nothing wrong with decorating...

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    I have decorations as well, remember?

    But did you SEE his pic??
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    nothing wrong with decorating...
    Yes, decorating can be nice.

    *runs away from piercing apparatus*
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    you should learn to embrace change, and mock it's failings every step of the way :p

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    I have decorations as well, remember?

    But did you SEE his pic??
    That's not very nice. He's new here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    I have decorations as well, remember?

    But did you SEE his pic??
    Yes I did! But a little ear piercing won't hurt his handsomeness, and will possibly add a little bit of bad boy charm to it.
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    ohhh yeah. BAD BOY.......
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    Yes, see--smart, handsome scientist-type guy with a hint of bad boy. Hawt.

    Dear me, where are my manners? Hi Jewan, I'm nekohime, resident cat princess of Foo. *shakes hand*
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    *tee hee*
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    The vast majority of employers in the US won't care if you have an ear piercing of any sort, at least that's been my observation.

    I keep my decorations below deck, outside of the general public viewing, just for safety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    show them that I'm not just some punk kid,
    Oh come on, man, to thine own self be true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
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    make them think that I'm not just some punk kid
    Oh come on, man, to thine own self be true.
    Fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SingingSabre View Post
    The vast majority of employers in the US won't care if you have an ear piercing of any sort, at least that's been my observation.

    I keep my decorations below deck, outside of the general public viewing, just for safety.
    *tee hee*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    *tee hee*
    Hey!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bklyn
    Obviously, the guy's like a 12th level white wizard or something. His mere presence is a danger to mortals.

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    I know nutthinkkk!
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    I know nutthinkkk!
    'Zactly!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bklyn
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    *tee hee*
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    *tee hee*
    Just one thumb?!
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    Naw dude. It's more like ...


    Nevermind. I don't want to ban myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SingingSabre View Post
    I keep my decorations below deck, outside of the general public viewing, just for safety.
    Well, it ain't like you can get nipple piercings somewhere in the open.

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    Fixed.
    Theeeere ya go.

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    they don't always go away. I had an industrial done years ago I had to remove it because of work. but it took over a year to really heal and even now after at least 5 years the holes still hurt in the cold or when I am tired.

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